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October 31, 2013

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - October 31, 2013

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.

Every week, Montreal's Librairie Drawn & Quarterly bookstore recommends a selection of new books, including fiction, art books, magazines, and comics.

Showa: A History of Japan 1926-1939

"Showa: A History of Japan 1926-1939"
by Shigeru Mizuki

We are so fortunate to have two new, wonderful books from D+Q by Japan’s manga/realist master, Shigeru Mizuki released within mere months of each other! First came Kitaro (a collection of yokai stories) this summer, and now Showa, the first volume of Mizuki’s ongoing chronicle of Japan’s history. Providing an intensely personal portrait of what it was like to live in Japan during the lead up to WWII, Mizuki’s meticulous attention to detail is phenomenal.

Codex Seraphinianus

"Codex Seraphinianus"
by Luigi Serafini

A new edition of this infamous, illustrated pseudo-compendium cataloguing all things strange and surreal is out this week. Written entirely in an imaginary language, this enigmatic beast of a book has thwarted the best efforts of linguists to crack its code since its initial publication back in the 1980s. The author is keeping mum, and has denied that there is any meaning or syntax to his text, but many doubt this to be true, especially since the numerical system has already been figured out. Up for the challenge?

You Are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse!

"You Are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse!"
by Sherwin Tjia

Just in the nick of time for Halloween, Tjia graces us with the follow-up to his first beloved Pick-A-Plot book, You Are a Cat! Unapologetically derivative of the 1980s craze for choose-your-own-adventure books, this second volume is similar to the first insofar as you get a full-on, first-person cat adventure where your choices determine the outcome of the story. Fully illustrated and filled to the brim with brain-eating zombies!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – The Graphic Novel

"Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – The Graphic Novel"
by Ransom Riggs (art by Cassandra Jean)

This new graphic novel adaptation of the popular young adult novel by the same name promises to be a delight. As in the novel, the protagonist Jacob sets out to discover the truth about his grandfather, who spent his childhood during WWII in an orphanage populated by so-called “peculiar” children who possessed magical powers. It’s wonderful to see the cast of fantastic characters come to life in Jean’s manga-style illustrations.


by Julie Maroh

Maroh’s earlier graphic novel, Blue is the Warmest Color (also recently adapted into an award-winning film) made use of the color blue to convey emotion. Similarly, in Skandalon, Maroh uses a red-heavy palette in telling the tale of 27-year old rock star and enfant terrible Tazane. Prone to cultivating scandal and controversy, Tazane exorcises his personal demons through his music, but soon finds himself on a path to self-destruction. Only out in French for the time being.

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